I'm interested in buying a stitch dictionary -- preferably one with lots of simple knit and purl patterns, although I wouldn't mind having a few other patterns for inspiration. At the moment I am looking for a practical scarf pattern and knit/purl patterns are less likely to have an ugly wrong side.
I have the Vogue knitting book with its stitch dictionary and I like it so much that I thought I'd go with the Vogue series. While looking at the first volume (Vogue Knitting Stitchionary: Knit & Purl) I noticed that several reviewers mentioned Harmony stitch guides and books by Barbara Walker.
Does anyone have any experience with any of these series? :think:
Since the reviews on the Harmony guides were VERY mixed, I'm leaning towards gettng either the first Barbara Walker book -- A Treasury of Knitting Patterns -- or the Vogue Stitchionary, but I'm open to suggestions from people who have actually seen and used them.
Many of the reviewers of all three series -- both Vogue and Harmony as well as Barbara Walker -- seem to favor the second Barbara Walker book over just about any other book around . However, I'm not sure if it is suitable for all levels -- such as a beginner like me -- or if it is for more experienced knitters looking for great design inspiration.